The president said: “For Muslims, Ramadan is a time of fasting, prayer, and reflection; a time of joy and celebration. It's a time to cherish family, friends, and neighbors, and to help those in need.”
In his Ramadan message, Obama also underlined the importance of the holy month for Muslims in the Middle East and North Africa, who, according to him, “are courageously achieving democracy and self-determination.”
He also expressed support for those who “are still struggling to achieve their universal rights,” in those areas of the world, saying that “the United States continues to stand with those who seek the chance to decide their own destiny, to live free from fear and violence, and to practice their faith freely.”
“In the United States, Ramadan reminds us that Islam is part of the fabric of our Nation, and that -- from public service to business, from healthcare and science to the arts -- Muslim Americans help strengthen our country and enrich our lives,” stated Obama, lauding the contributions Muslims have made to the United States.
Obama also echoed the significance of Ramadan for other people from different nations and religions, calling Ramadan “a reminder to people of all faiths of our common humanity and the commitment to justice, equality, and compassion shared by all great faiths.”
He ended his statement with his wish for a blessed month for “Muslims across America and around the world” and said he would host an iftar dinner at the White House.